In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach podcast, I talk to Tori Thomas, who is a strategic analyst intern at Organica Water about an article she wrote on LinkedIn regarding a disagreement she had with her boss. She explains to us what her goal was when writing the article and how it has affected her, and her internship ever since. We also talk about the passion she has for engineering at such a young age and the importance of using social media in your engineering career for personal branding.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed and Quotes Related to Tori’s Disagreement with Her Boss:
- The goal of writing this article was to help draw attention to the great work Organica Water is doing. I also wanted to provide informative content that can help people live more environmentally friendly lives.
- I knew that I really cared a lot about the environment and I wanted to make a difference in the world. Engineering seemed like the perfect discipline where you can use your skillets as well as technical knowledge to solve these kinds of problems. That is why I decided to become an engineer.
- There is nothing wrong with going to trade-school or taking a gap year to figure out what you want to do with your life.
- Social media can definitely broaden your reach and will help you to find potential clients or people to hire you.
- When you realize that you are helping to solve problems, then the hard work that you do comes a lot easier.
- Getting your name out there and having people recognize your name is one of the best ways to get hired.
- As an engineer, you have to be able to put your thoughts into writing. When you produce content on social media you also improve the skills you need to be a successful engineer.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out to people around you and to learn from them. I found that as a general rule, people are really interested in helping younger engineers learn. Not only will you receive a lot of valuable information, but you will also form a valuable connection.
More in this episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, Tori provides some actionable advice from the experience she gained through her young engineering career.
About Tori Thomas
Tori is a master’s student at K-State studying Bio Environmental Engineering and Spanish. She is spending her summer in 2019 as the Strategic Analyst Intern for Organica Water. There she is working on the launch of their new brand, Transcend. Transcend Design Generator is a customizable software platform that automates the preliminary design of wastewater treatment plants in under 8 hours.
When you feel powerful, you are willing to stand up for your rights, you are willing to stand up for what you believe in, you’re more willing to stand up and be counted. – Margaret Cho
Resources and links mentioned in this session include:
Engineering Management Accelerator Workshop (Online) | 5 PDHs
Engineering Management Institute Professional Membership
Upcoming EMI Webinar
Tori Thomas LinkedIn Account
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Environmental Lessons from my Great Depression Era Grandparents
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